Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine (CMGM) Staff

Lucy Shapiro, Director

Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor in Cancer Research

Lucy Shapiro is a molecular developmental biologist who in 1989 created and chaired the Department of Developmental Biology.

Shapiro cultivated a single organism into one of the most powerful experimental systems for understanding the control of the bacterial cell cycle and the establishment of cell fate. Her research with Caulobacter has yielded fundamental insights and has created valuable paradigms for understanding the bacterial cell as an integrated system in which the transcriptional circuitry is interwoven with the three-dimensional deployment of key regulatory and morphological proteins.

In pioneering work Shapiro initiated the "cell biology" of prokaryotes, resulting in the first demonstration that proteins, such as chemoreceptors and signalling proteins, are dynamically localized in the cell, adding a spatial dimension to regulatory networks. Shapiro has received numerous awards and honors for her work including the Canada Gairdner International Award and the National Medal of Science.

Mark Shepard, Associate Director

Mark Shepard manages the strategic planning, programs, finances, human resources, facilities, events, and communications for the Beckman Center administration and its service centers.

Sheila Granizo, Business Manager

Sheila Granizo handles financial matters for the Beckman Center administration and its service centers.

Shelly Bradford, Administrative Associate

Shelly Bradford schedules the use of Munzer Auditorium, coordinates symposia and special events, and assists the service center directors and associate director.